By all measures it was a fairly routine Friday night on the radio. With Tom Marker off to attend and MC Blues Fest, I was asked to work for him but with a later 10PM start time, I would be working an extra hour, until 1AM. It was a big night in Chicago, along with Blues Fest and Rib Fest, Roger Waters was staging his ambitious production of “The Wall” on a gorgeous evening at Wrigley Field. I will say I was slightly jealous seeing dispatches on Facebook and Twitter, pictures and accounts of the show from friends and listeners who were there, my brother among them. It looked like quite a spectacle.
[photogallerylink id=38480 align=left]A little past Midnight, a call came in from John Reens of Live Nation, he said he had Roger Waters with him and Roger wanted to be on the radio. Roger was so impressed by the warm response the audience in Chicago gave him, he wanted to thank everyone via the radio. Who was I to say no? Problem was, I was unfamiliar with the phone hybrid that allows callers to be put on the air. Just about that time, Bill Artlip came in a bit early for his 1AM shift. We had to wake up our intrepid engineer Mark Nielsen to get a brief tutorial on the phone system. Confident we could get the call on the air, we had Roger call us from his hotel room at 1AM, where he was basking in the post-show glow with band and crew, playing gin rummy. As I write this, I still haven’t heard the conversation; I remember him talking fondly about golfing with late Cubs great Ron Santos [sic] and not much more. What you’ll hear below is not an interview per se but rather me acting as a conduit, allowing Roger to thank Chicago for a wonderful evening. While I didn’t get to see the show (and will certainly not miss next time, should he come back–hint, hint) I still got a cool Roger Waters memory out of the night.
Roger Waters Calls In WXRT To After Performing ‘The Wall’ At Wrigley Field